Program closes

Effective July 1,  2021, the Every Woman's Life (EWL) Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School will close. The EWL program will continue to serve those in need across the state and it is our goal to get you connected with another local provider for the services that you need.

Hampton Roads Community Health Center is the EWL provider site that will offer the EWL services for the Norfolk/Portsmouth and surrounding communities moving forward and they will be available to assist any client needing services. Pease feel free to contact them at 757-393-6363 and they will get you connected with the services needed at a location convenient for you.

If you need to have diagnostic follow up, you should have already received a letter from EWL for an appointment at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. If your financial or insurance situation changes before your appointment, please contact Sentara at 757- 388-2030 to make them aware.

Questions? Please call 757-446-6091.

Every Woman's Life is a community-outreach program for uninsured and low-income women in Norfolk and Portsmouth that helps provide access to free:

  • Breast and cervical screening exams
  • Mammograms
  • Pelvic exams
  • Pap tests

Access to these screening exams and services offers early detection, improves treatment options, and greatly increases survival rates.

Every Woman's Life is a CDC-funded program, whose grants are allocated through state health departments. In Virginia, the EVMS program was one of two pilot programs launched in 1997. Their success gave rise to 30 provider sites across the state. The EVMS program has become one of Virginia's largest. As of June 2019, more than 14,000 women have had mammogram and pap screenings through this program over the last 22 years, with 2.5 percent of those women treated for breast or cervical cancers found through the screenings.

To be eligible for the Every Woman's Life Program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a resident of Norfolk or Portsmouth
  • Have no health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare
  • Be between age 18-64
    • Patients between 18-39 years of age must have a breast or cervical issue to be screened.
  • Meet income requirements (see table below)
Number in FamilyGross Yearly Salary
250% Poverty
1 $31,225
2 $42,275
3 $53,325
4 $64,375
5 $75,425
5 $75,425
6 $86,475
7 $97,525
8 $108,575
For each additional person, add: $11,050

Requirements change periodically; please call us at 747.446.8445 for current information. To locate other Every Woman's Life programs in Virginia, please call 1.866.395.4968.